Achieving Our Vision:
NREL's vision means leading an energy transition in which solutions are inclusively designed and benefits are equitably distributed. NREL is a leader in applied clean energy practices, working with thousands of communities nationally and around the world, many of which have been historically underserved in terms of access to clean energy or its benefits. As we execute our vision, we will include diverse and historically underserved communities and perspectives in our research, partnering, and operational practices.
NREL has decades of focused leadership in clean energy research, development, and deployment. No other institution has the long-standing expertise and breadth of knowledge that will form the foundation of the clean energy transition.
From our work in basic sciences to systems engineering and analysis, all our researchers are focused on solving market-relevant problems that result in deployable solutions. Our partnerships ensure our work is relevant and applicable to the energy problems that people are trying to solve.
We are the trusted clean energy leaders, and our work will guide the nation in achieving ambitious goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a decarbonized clean energy future.
NREL's Long-Term Strategic Vision
Watch how NREL is charting a course for a clean energy future for the world.
Transforming Energy Through Science
As climate change, urbanization, economic development, electrification, cyberthreats, and resource competition all increase, the demand these developments place on the world's energy sources will increase with them. As we meet the challenges presented by these megatrends, we must do so in a low-emissions and sustainable way that is inclusive of all people. This challenge will be met through NREL's three critical objectives.
Modernizes our grid to support a high level of renewable energy integration, incorporates storage and advanced controls, and expands transportation electrification while maintaining grid reliability and security
Uses affordable, renewable electricity to convert low-energy molecules—such as water and carbon dioxide—to generate cleaner, higher-value, and higher-energy chemicals, fuels, and materials
Reduces waste and preserves resources by designing materials and products with reuse, recycling, and upcycling in mind from the start
NREL leaders regularly contribute to the online publishing platform Medium to share their experiences and unique perspectives on the direction of the lab.
Using an Energy Compass: NREL's 10-Year Vision To Meet Future Needs
By Martin Keller, laboratory director
Why Not Use Cheap Renewable Electrons To Create Industry’s Building Blocks?
By Adam Bratis, associate laboratory director